Kate Bosworth’s summer reads

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Kate Bosworth: one half of the effortlessly cool director-actress/Polish-Bosworth couple, with an impeccably stylish wardrobe at her disposal, and also now an avid reader? A girl after our own heart.

Yesterday, the star uploaded a snapshot to Instagram of a pile of books captioned, ‘#SummerReading’.

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We breakdown the literature to give you the need-to-know essentials…

MY STRUGGLE BY KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD

Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-part autobiographical series tackles the diminishing and ultimately relatable relationship of a man with his father. What do you get? Intensely honest and almost painful passages depicting everything, from poignant childhood memories to recollections of stifled interactions between family members. The book was published unedited: no name-changes or alterations – an element that simply adds to its admirable honesty.

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A TIME FOR EVERYTHING BY KARL OVE KNAUSGAARD

Spellbinding storytelling at its best. Knausgaard’s novel starts in a northern Italian forest with a young boy, Antinous Bellori, who devotes his life to the study of angels after encountering two glowing beings. The book looks at the history of angels and vividly retells certain parts of the Bible. A strange yet enchanting examination of the human psyche.

THE GOLDFINCH BY DONNA TARTT

An essential feature on any summer reading list, Donna Tartt’s exquisitely-composed third novel examines the life of Theo, a thirteen-year-old boy whose life changes after a terrorist bomb explodes in New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Written retrospectively, the novel is desperately sad, breathtakingly beautiful and haunting – all at the same time. A Pulitzer Prize winner? We’re not surprised in the slightest.

LEFT NEGLECTED BY LISA GENOVA

Following a car accident, Sarah Nickerson is left unable to perceive anything on the left side of her body due to debilitating head trauma. The novel tackles Sarah’s frustration of an uncertain and painful recovery, whilst touching upon themes of injury and its resulting devastation. A great book about adjusting to a new normal.

LOVE ANTHONY BY LISA GENOVA

Consistently characteristic of Lisa Genova’s literature, the novel examines the emotional fallout of illness. Profound and touching, Love Anthony follows the story of two women who coincidentally strike up a friendship on a beach, one of which has recently lost her autistic son. We defy tears not to spring to your eyes.

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